[11/14/2018] NPB Players that filed for free agency

The NPB announced that the following five players filed for free agency. Team will be able to negotiate with free agents beginning on November 15.

2018 Free Agents

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Age Type 2018 Team 2018 Salary Class Compensation Source
C 炭谷 銀仁朗 Ginjiro Sumitani 31 International Seibu 110.00M B Yomiuri Giants Latest
INF 浅村 栄斗 Hideto Asamura 28 Domestic Seibu 210.00M B Rakuten Eagles Latest
P 西勇 輝 Yuki Nishi 28 Domestic Orix 120.00M B Hanshin Tigers Latest
OF 丸 佳浩 Yoshihiro Maru 29 Domestic Hiroshima 210.00M A Yomiuri Giants Latest
INF 中村 剛也 Takeya Nakamura 35 International Seibu 280.00M A Exercised option and will remain with Seibu. 11/08

Free Agent Classes

  • A = 80% of this year’s salary or 50% of this year’s salary plus one player
  • B = 60% of this year’s salary or 40% of this year’s salary plus one player
  • C = no compensation

Source: NPB 11/14/2018


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[12/14/2018] Koji Uehara to sign new contract with Yomiuri Giants

The media learned on December 13 that there were strong indications that Koji Uehara was going to return to the Yomiuri Giants next year. Uehara confirmed the rumors through Twitter this morning.

Good morning everyone!

It is just as this morning’s papers mention, I will be playing for the Giants again next year.

I know there all kinds of opinions about this, but I will be happy if you can support me.

Thank you.

Source: Tweet 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018

[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:07am]

Uehara spoke to the media after finalizing his contract with the Giants on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 19 (he wore 11 this year) and agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated fifty million yen. Uehara told reporters he did not receive offers from other teams.

Source: Yomiuri 12/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/14/2018, ZakZak 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Sponichi 12/14/2018


[12/13/2018] Yakult Swallows reach agreement with Albert Suarez

The media learned on December 12, through Yakult Swallows official Masayuki Okumura, that the Yakult Swallows have reached an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old Albert Suarez. The right-handed pitcher is the older brother of Softbank’s Robert Suarez.

Source: Sanspo 12/12/2018, Sanspo 12/13/2018


[12/11/2018] Nippon Ham, Yakult agree on two-for-two trade

The Nippon Ham Fighters and Yakult Swallows agreed on a trade. The Fighters will send twenty-seven-year-old Hirotoshi Takanashi and twenty-one-year-old Kengo Ota to the Swallows for twenty-nine-year-old Ryo Akiyoshi and twenty-seven-year-old Ryota Yachi.

Source: Nippon Ham 12/11/2018, Yakult 12/11/2018


[12/9/2018] NPB planning to expand active roster to twenty-nine

The NPB is planning to expand the total number of allowed players on the active roster from twenty-eight to twenty-nine next season. Teams will still be limited to twenty-five players for official games. The extra active roster slot should give teams more flexibility — they can keep an extra reliever or bench player at Ichi-gun without losing them for ten days by dropping them to Ni-gun. The extra slot should also allow more players to earn time for their free agent options.

Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018, Sports Hochi 12/8/2018, Sponichi 12/8/2018


[12/8/2018] Hanshin Tigers reach agreement with Yuki Nishi

The Hanshin Tigers announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Yuki Nishi. He was assigned the uniform number 16. According to media reports, he agreed to a four-year deal worth an estimated one billion yen in total.

  • Nishi met with the Tigers for a third time on December 7 at a hotel in Osaka. Hanshin Manager Akihiro Yano joined the discussions for the first time.
  • Nishi’s agent turned down the Softbank Hawks on Friday morning (12/7). Nishi contacted the Orix Buffaloes around noon to inform them of his decision.
  • The Hawks offer may have been four years and  about two billion yen in total.

Source: Hanshin 12/7/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2018, Sponchi 12/8/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, Sponichi 12/7/2018, ZakZak 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/8/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Daily Sports 12/7/2018, Sanspo 12/7/2018, Sports Hochi 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/15 @ 3:10am]

The Tigers held a press conference for Nishi at a hotel in Osaka on December 14. He was assigned the uniform number 16

Source: Hanshin 12/14/2018, Daily Sports 12/14/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/14/2018


[12/7/2018] 2018 JABA Awards

Best Nine

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Times
P 藤井 貴之 Takayuki Fujii Nihon Seimei 30 2
C 辻野 雄大 Takehiro Tsujino Honda 25 1
1B 岡崎 啓介 Keisuke Okazaki Hitachi Seisakusho 29 1
2B 原田 拓実 Takumi Harada Nihon Seimei 27 1
3B 森下 翔平 Shohei Morishita Hitachi Seisakusho 24 1
SS 東條 航 Wataru Tojo JR Higashi Nihon 27 1
OF 近本 光司 Koji Chikamoto Osaka Gas 24 1
OF 那賀 裕司 Yuji Naka Mitsubishi Juko Kobe Takasago 28 1
OF 三木 大和 Daichi Miki JFE Nishi Nihon 27 1
DH 片山 勢三 Seizo Katayama Panasonic 23 1

Individual Titles

Award Name JPN Name ENG Team Age Notes
Leading Hitter 辻野 雄大 Takehiro Tsujino Honda 25 .460 (14 G, 23-for-50)
Most Runs Batted In 岡崎 啓介 Keisuke Okazaki Hitachi Seisakusho 29 20 RBI (12 G, 42 AB)
Most Home Runs 岡崎 啓介 Keisuke Okazaki Hitachi Seisakusho 29 6 HR (12 G, 42 AB)
Most Wins 勝野 昌慶 Akiyoshi Katsuno Mitsubishi Juko Nagoya 21 5-1 (9 G, 66.0 IP)
Best ERA 大竹 飛鳥 Asuka Otake NTT Higashi Nihon 33 0.44 (40.2 IP, 7 R, 2 ER)

[12/6/2018] Yomiuri looking to sign Reimin Ramos and Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are trying to sign twenty-two-year-old Reimin Ramos and twenty-two-year-old Israel Mota to Ikusei contracts. The two attended tryouts held by the Giants in the Dominican Republic last moth and passed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/6/2018

[UPDATE 12/7 @ 11:00pm]

The Giants announced that they reached agreements with Ramos and Mota. Ramos was assigned the uniform number 025 and Mota 014. Both players are slated to arrive in Japan in late-January.

Source: Yomiuri 12/7/2018

[UPDATE 12/8 @ 2:35pm]

According to Daily Sports, the two players are slated to make an estimated 20,000 US dollars next year.

Source: Daily Sports 12/8/2018


[12/6/2018] Chunichi Dragons uniform number changes

The Chunichi Dragons announced the following uniform numbers changes:

  • Shota Suzuki = 18 → 99
  • Taisuke Maruyama = 28 → 69
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka = 99 → 18
  • Yota Kyoda = 51 → 1
  • Shota Tomonaga = 1 → 62
  • Masaru Watanabe = 212 → 31

Source: Chunichi 12/6/2018


[12/6/2018] 2019 Hall of Fame Candidates

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo released their list of players eligible for the Hall of Fame through the Players and Expert Division screening process. Results will be revealed on January 15 (Tuesday), 2019.



[12/6/2018] Shun Yamaguchi agrees to two-year extension

Shun Yamaguchi agreed to a new two-year contract extension (he was in the final year of a two-year deal this season). According to media reports, his salary will be an estimated 230 million yen next year (no change over this season). He was also assigned a new uniform number: from 42 to 11.

Source: Yomiuri 12/6/2018, Sanspo 12/6/2018, Daily Sports 12/6/2018, Sponichi 12/6/2018

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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